The Natural Science Museum of the Danube Delta

Acvariul Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Acvariul Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

The amazing museum of the Danube Delta, located in Tulcea city has opened its doors in the year of 1950. The establishment is open from 10.00-18.00 during summer time and from 8.00-16.00 during the winter season. Admission costs 10 lei per person for adults and 5 lei for children. If you need a guide it costs 50 lei in Romanian language and 100 lei in a foreign language.

There is also a tax for cameras: 20 for photo camera and 40 for video camera. The museum presents the most important species of flora and fauna dwelling in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. The main attraction is its aquarium, which holds several species of fish, reptiles and invertebrates, plus a few oddities from the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

The history of an historic monument

The building of the museum is an architectural monument which belonged to a Greek ship owner called Avramide Alexander, who was one of the richest men in the region at that time. On the 14th of November, 1949 he signed the birth certificate of the Museum “Danube Delta“. It opened on the 1st of May, 1950 and it had 872 objects and complementary materials. The construction of the basement aquarium began in 1964. By 2009 the building has already worked as a museum of natural science, which included a collection of 1500 biological pieces and a giant herbarium.

Aquarium, Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Aquarium, Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

What to see at museum

The permanent exhibitions show the features of natural heritage features existing in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, a true decoration of Delta habitats, Razim-Sinoe and other protected areas of Dobrogea like Macin Mountains National Park. The exhibition displays 46 plant species, three species of reptiles, 44 species of birds and 12 species of mammals. Here you can see the birds that have been declared natural monuments, protected rare animal species at national and European level, extinct species and new species which now reside in the area. If you would like to know more about the presented species we recommend you to watch the video presentations along the way.

Delta Dunarii museum, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Delta Dunarii museum, ©KLMircea/Flickr

The basement aquarium

The aquarium in the basement has a capacity of 150 tons of water and presents 24 indigenous fish species from the Danube Delta and the Black Sea, 23 species of reef fish, 8 species of marine invertebrates and 12 species of coral brought from Indonesia. The trail leads through a system of two cylindrical tanks – arranged concentrically, so you can be in the middle of a reef – and through a tunnel for the largest outdoor aquarium with sturgeons.

Acvariul Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Acvariul Tulcea, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Collections:

The collections at the museum include botanical, entomological, mineral, paleonthological, ornithological, ichtyological collections, together with live mammals and fish. Visit the Natural Science Museum of the Danube Delta and admire the different species of plants, exotic insects, fish, species of prey, seabirds and minerals both from Romania and outside the country.

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